How to Prepare for Your First Outdoor Hike


We have a lot of outdoor recreation programs and adventures here at USU Outdoor Recreation Program. Spending the holiday by going on an adventure of a lifetime is really a rewarding experience, especially if you’re used to going on a trip to popular holiday destinations. The experiences you get from outdoor activities are different indeed.

That said, planning for your first outdoor hike can be a challenge. That is why we are going to talk about some of the steps to take when planning for that first trip. Let’s get started, shall we?

Pick a Route and Activities to Match

One of the first things you need to do is choose the kind of outdoor hike you want to have. This is best done by taking your level of experience into consideration. If you’re used to sports and you think you have the endurance to tackle more challenging grounds, then going for a longer, more adventurous hike is an option worth considering.

On the other hand, there are also outdoor activities that don’t require immense strength or special skills. There are plenty of great camping vacation spots you can visit, along with an endless array of activities to try. There are also special programs designed for first-time hikers. Believe me when I say that these trips will not be unadventurous.

Pick a route and plan the activities to enjoy. Don’t hesitate to start with a short and easy trip. Once you have experienced hiking, you’ll want to tackle bigger challenges for sure.

Pack Your Bag

Since you’re going on a backpacking trip, the best way to go is to pack light. Start with the essentials and work your way towards completing your packing list. Some clothes, a jacket and other clothing items to help you deal with weather challenges, some camping or backpacking essentials (i.e. a flashlight, a match, etc.) and of course other gear you will need for the trip should be packed first.

When packing these items, prioritize them based on frequency of use. Packing a water bottle first will only make it difficult for you to get it when you need a drink. Always keep frequently used items accessible. You can even take the time to read articles about similar trips to understand the challenges more. This will help you pack more efficiently as well.

Stay Connected

Just because you’re going on a hiking trip, doesn’t mean you can’t use the internet or any form of technology; you’re not traveling back in time to the Stone Age, just away from the hustle and bustle of everyday activities. In fact, the internet can be a handy tool to have.

You can, for instance, keep track of your position on Google Maps. You can also find tips and quickly learn about how to deal with emergencies whenever you need to. More importantly, you have sites and services such as Netflix, Spotify, Sun Bingo and your favourite social networks to keep you entertained at night.

All of these preparations are easy to do. Before you know it, you’ll be completing your first ever hiking trip and thinking about the next one.

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